Answered By: Micah Hoggatt
Last Updated: Jul 11, 2018     Views: 12

Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts at Houghton Library are described in HOLLIS

Manuscripts are divided into a number of shelf classifications, including language and subject classifications MSS Dutch, Eng(lish), Fr(ench), Ger(man), Gr(eek), Ital(ian), Judaica, Lat(in), Port(uguese), Span(ish) and Syriac.

Please remember that these are both language and subject classifications. For example, MS Eng 736, Statutes of the Order of the Garter, is written in Latin. MS Gr 23, the tragedies of Euripides, is a Latin translation. MS Lat 235, a medical, astrological and alchemical miscellany, includes recipes in Middle English.

There are also four named collections: MS Riant, Richardson, Typ(ography), and Widener. Inc(unabula) are 15th-century printed books included here for their extensive manuscript annotation.

You can browse these classifications by clicking on Starts With / Browse on the top menu in HOLLIS, selecting Browse by Call Number - Other, and entering the classification - for example MS Lat.

All pre-1600 manuscripts are restricted. Microfilms are available for most manuscripts and can be viewed in the Houghton Reading Room. Digital facsimiles are freely available for some, and can be found in the manuscripts HOLLIS catalog record. Permission is required from the Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts or the Curator of Printing and Graphic Arts (for manuscripts classified as MS Typ) to view the originals.

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